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Based on the initial investigation, the accident occurred around 4:30 in the afternoon, Tuesday, as high school students were heading home. According to the police report, the driver of the bus lost control of the vehicle traveling along Highway 49 near Greely Hill Road in Mariposa County, California.
Four students of Mariposa County High School and the bus driver were reportedly injured. Fortunately, none of them were listed in critical condition. According to the police, the trees along the highway did a significant role to prevent a tragedy
Other students riding the bus survived unscathed described the incident to the authorities. According to media sources, the students told the authorities that the bus skidded off the highway and over an embankment and then rolled over on its side. In fact, it nearly went all the way down to a snowy hill on Highway 49.
Moreover, one of the 16 students on board claimed that the speeding driver did not realize that he was going around a sharp curve too fast without considering the bad road condition.
The next day following the incident, the California Highway Patrol (CHP) shut down Highway 49 to give way to tow truck drivers to pull the bus back into the roadways. Also, the school cancelled classes on the same day due to the remaining snow and ice on the roads.
So far, the investigation regarding the incident is still under progress but the authorities were said to be starting to figure out that speed is a factor.
Apparently, during snowy weather conditions, the best advice for drivers is not to drive at all. However, if you can’t avoid it, at least make sure that your vehicle is prepared and that you know very well how to handle bad road conditions to avoid such road misfortunes, reminded by a Los Angeles vehicle accident lawyer.